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Summer Visit - 2013 - SHIPs

The summer visit to Caltech is 3-4 days long and is the only time during the year of work when all the participants on the team come together in person to work intensively on the data. Generally, each educator may bring up to two students to the summer visit that are paid for by NITARP, and they may raise funds to bring two more. The teams work at Caltech; the summer visit typically includes a half-day tour of JPL, which is a favorite site for group photos. Reload to see a different set of quotes.

The SHIPs team came to visit in June 2013. The core team educators attended, plus 9 students.


  • [student:] The best thing about the trip was meeting all of the other students and teachers who were working on the same research as us. It was nice to be able to come together and compare our research and learn together as a group.
  • [student:] I thought [this visit] would be where we sit in formal rows and someone's at the board showing us what to do as we follow along, but it wasn't that at all. We were given help if we needed, but it was largely "Here's the goal, now go." It was good though because it really forced me to learn what I was doing.
  • [student:] There is a huge amount of collaboration with other scientists. I guess I didn’t expect scientific research to be as internationally connected as it is.
  • [student:] I gain[ed] a whole new level of respect for each person I worked with because we were all treated as equals.
  • [student:] The best aspect of the trip was working with such a group of amazing people. The opportunity I had to work with real members of the scientific community was priceless. I firmly believe that this experience has changed my life and provided me with an experience I will never forget.

Summer Visit - 2013 - SHIPs